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Rick, a committed Christian and the company’s purchasing manager, was called into Tom’s office for a chat. “Rick, you do great work in purchasing, and you’re a faithful husband, a conscientious father, and an outspoken Christian in our company,” the company’s CEO told him. “I applaud that. But did you know that your sour disposition, grumpy manner, and quick temper are real turnoffs for those in the company who don’t yet know Christ?” “No,” Rick answered sheepishly.
   
Two Baptist scholars disagree by pointing out the mission-oriented vision of John Calvin and the other Reformers
   
Why did the ducklings cross the road? A New Hampshire woman didn’t ask questions when she had to slam on her brakes Friday to avoid hitting some downy baby ducks. Another car had already hit and killed the mother duck and other babies. The woman, 33-year-old Hallie Bibeau, pulled over in the median, called 911, and captured the two surviving ducklings. A state trooper issued Bibeau a ticket for stopping in the median, an action officials say should be reserved for emergencies—duckling
   
T.S. Eliot was born in America, moved to England in the early 1900s and became a citizen, then returned to America years later to teach at Harvard. Though considered one of the foremost poets of the 20th century, his writing is broad, including not only poetry, but also essays and plays. But he’s best known for his poetry. Much like John Donne, part of Eliot’s interest, especially to believers, springs from his conversion to Christianity later in life, and the fact that his most
   
NFL Hall of Famer Gary Zimmerman realized Pat Bowlen was a different type of owner when he signed up for a turkey during his first Thanksgiving with the Denver Broncos, thinking it was all a joke. “Then I come into the locker room and there’s Pat sticking turkeys into our lockers,” Zimmerman recounted last year. But Bowlen hasn’t been showing up for work as he always has, and the Denver Broncos announced Wednesday that “Mr. B.” was giving up control of the team because of
   
Preson Phillips’ new worship album In Our Winters is full of raw-boned electric guitar and instrumental jams that would fit comfortably in the rock section of any music store. Outfitted in a bushy ZZ-top beard with tattoos running along his arm, Phillips looks as unconventional as he sounds. But he composed these songs for corporate worship at Watermark Church in Tampa, Fla., where he also preaches and serves as pastor.  The idea of heavy alt/rock worship music seems like a stretch at
   
The rate of incarceration for mentally ill patients is climbing as a result of Medicaid tightening control on certain antipsychotic medications, according to a new study. In some states, Medicaid is seeking to contain healthcare costs by requiring physicians to obtain prior authorization before prescribing newer, more costly antipsychotic medications known as atypical antipsychotics. In a study published this week in The American Journal of Managed Care, researchers compared the rates of
   
Immigration summit. The leaders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will meet with President Barack Obama today to troubleshoot the flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America overwhelming the U.S. border. The leaders met Thursday with lawmakers on Capitol Hill who are considering Obama’s requests for emergency funds and additional authority to send unaccompanied children back to their home countries more quickly. Today’s meeting is expected to include a discussion of a
   
The most un-cool Washington museum has long been the National Portrait Gallery. It’s not on the National Mall. It had neither a Wright Brothers airplane nor or a space capsule, neither the star-spangled banner that inspired Francis Scott Key nor Dorothy’s ruby slippers. But all those sedate portraits of American presidents and bearded late-19th-century industrialists had gravitas. This summer, though, the National Portrait Gallery has succumbed: Its big exhibit is about (in the words
   
The Islamic State destroys Jonah’s tomb and other Judeo-Christian sites in Mosul while President Obama remains mute
   
MASON, Ohio—Couples chatted on Tuesday evening as they carried large sodas into the darkened movie theater in Mason, Ohio, but they weren’t there for a typical date night. Many also carried a notepad or tablet, and groups discussing local politics clustered in the aisles. People in more than 700 theaters across America took their seats that night for a live streaming of Glenn Beck’s show We Will Not Conform , a program designed to develop action against Common Core and bring out crowds
   
A year ago we moved into a neighborhood that had been developed by a man who had a vision of community even Dietrich Bonhoeffer would be proud of: Craftsman-style homes sit closer to the sidewalk than to the back of the lot. Garages are tucked along alleys instead of front and center. Best of all, each house has a large, covered front porch.  Problem is: These porches are empty. Even ours. Writers and/or thinkers have been warning for years about what some are calling “the
   
One of the top projects on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter right now is a high quality, design-centric edition of the Bible called Bibliotheca. It has struck a nerve: The project’s creator originally sought $37,000 to fund a limited run of the edition and as of 11 a.m. today, the project had garnered more than $998,218 in donations. Of the current projects on Kickstarter, this has raised the fourth most money, after a drone that follows you around, a zombie board game, and a
   
A scientist is suing California State University, Northridge (CSUN) for firing him after he publicized a discovery that suggests dinosaurs roamed America thousands of years ago, rather than the millions most evolutionists cite. Mark Armitage, who specializes in microscopic evidence for a young earth, unexpectedly stumbled upon soft tissue in a triceratops fossil and wrote about his discovery for a scientific journal. Two weeks later, he was out of a job. Armitage filed suit against the
   
A partially fossilized triceratops horn offers evidence the animal lived less than 65 million years ago, say scientists who discovered it
   
Tony Dungy is one of the most upstanding men in the football universe. A soft-spoken committed Christian, he had a reputation for fairness and integrity while serving as an NFL head coach. But now, in some quarters, Tony Dungy is considered a “bigot.” Dungy recently responded to a question about whether he would have drafted Michael Sam (the first openly homosexual player in the NFL and a seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams). Dungy’s response was “I wouldn’t have
   
My husband had an epiphany early in our marriage: Nobody can destroy our marriage but two people—him and me. We have felt good about that insight ever since. The liberating revelation came in the midst of a firestorm. Satan was releasing his arsenal at us: bad health, rocky relations with children, financial problems, and the broadside that happens to newlyweds when you wake up in the morning and realize you didn’t marry yourself. We had gone into the union with the confidence of
   
Thinking critically about Common Core
   
Authors explore God, man, and homosexuality
   
Four books of applied theology
   
Analysts Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy say conditions are ripe for an uprising in Europe’s notoriously unstable region
   
War’s agony and grief poured out in rhyme and meter
   
Letters from our readers
   
Yugoslavia moved from communism to crony capitalism, and we suffer from it, too
   
A growing crisis of unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border is just one part of an overwhelmed immigration system in need of repair
   
Navarre Beach, Fla.
   
For who knows whether God placed us here for such a time as this?
   
At the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, war zone meets wonderland
   
After a public apology and the adoption of a softer tone from the pulpit, star pastor Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church face new challenges
   
Plot lines flush with ungodly trends. Coarse language. We love our children and the books that provide warmth and wonder, but many current books for children reflect baby boom coarseness of thought and language. How can parents sort good from bad? This special section offers a little help. It starts with our choice for Children’s Book of the Year, and notes eight other good new ones. Then come warnings: a column on refusals to see differences between boys and girls, an article on gloomy
   
WORLD’s Children’s Book of the Year took an unusual path to the publishing house
   
Emerging technology will enable device users to unplug but still recharge
   
Court ruling could open the confessional booth
   
Float to work If walking, biking, and ridesharing don’t work as alternative commuting methods, the city of Boulder, Colo., has one more idea: tubing. On July 14, reports the Boulder Daily Camera , Boulder residents floated down Boulder Creek on the way to their job in the city’s annual “Tube to Work Day.” According to event organizers, about 20 participants donned their business attire—some wearing suits and ties—grabbed an inner tube, and floated from the city’s western edge
   
The World’s On Fire recounts a patriot losing his ideals
   
New or recent releases
   
Children’s publishing has become a battlefield in the gender wars
   
The border crisis is a chance to treat children better than we have for the last 40 years
   
The long cost of containment The shot that brought down Flight 17 was sudden, but a strategy to halt Russia will take time   The death of 298 people on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has piled tragedy upon tragedy for the airline and ignited a new series of questions in the days after the July 17 crash demanding urgent answers: Who is responsible for the downed jet, and where did the advanced missile system that shot it down come from? Over the past three months,
   
Aug. 8 Turtle Power will be back in box offices today as the Michael Bay–produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot hits theaters. Like the 2007 film, the 2014 film will feature heavy reliance on computer-generated images rather than the puppetry from the original films or the animation from the original series. Aug. 10 Turks head to the polls today to cast ballots for their nation’s president. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, term-limited as premier, hopes to take over Turkey’s
   
 
   
 
   
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